Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will make his own mind up over his future according to boss Pep Guardiola.
The German international has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, where he could link up with former Bayern boss Louis van Gaal once more.
The 30-year-old has just one year remaining on his contract at the Allianz Arena and is said to be tempted by a switch to Old Trafford. He managed just 15 Bundesliga appearances last season - however the World Cup winner admitted earlier this week that he wanted to stay put.
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"I would like to win the Champions League again, but also play as successfully as we have done in the last few years," he told Die Welt. “We are three-time German champions and I don't think any team has managed it four times before, so that's a motivation."
Despite that however, the noises coming from Bayern's hierarchy have suggested they could be willing to do a deal. Schweinsteiger would fetch a fee of around £7.5 million if he joins the Red Devils, but will walk away for nothing next summer if he's not offered new terms.
Sporting director Matthais Sammer admitted yesterday that "basically, nothing is excluded," when asked about Schweinsteiger yesterday, and now Guardiola says that while he'd like the midfielder to stay, the decision is out of his hands.
"I have already said, read and heard a lot of things about Basti, but his future depends on him," said Guardiola.
"I think he will stay, but only he can decide. If he stays, that would be the perfect decision for me. He is a top player."
Guardiola refused to answer questions about Manchester United's potential move for forward Thomas Muller, insisting that only Sammer could answer such questions, while he also dealt with enquires about his interest in Angel di Maria.
"I don't have to watch Argentina games, because I know him and his style of playing very well," Guardiola told reporters. "Manchester United did not pay so much money for nothing, he is a great player. Although such transfer fees are sometimes really crazy.
Reading between the lines, it seems as though Bayern aren't willing to offer Schweinsteiger a new deal so would prefer him to leave this year when they will receive a fee.
The German midfielder has lost his place in the first team at Bayern and his age counts against him - so the ideal move for them is to sell to Manchester United. However it seems as though Schweinsteiger wants to stay put, although that wouldn't stop Bayern accepting a bid for him...
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